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June 23, 2018 - June 29, 2018

Abandoned baby moose,
‘begging for attention,’ befriends dog

Wallagrass, Maine (AP) - A dog and a young moose have forged an unlikely friendship in Maine. WMTW-TV reports Wallagrass resident Shannon Lugdon and her dog, Leo, spotted the week-old moose alone on Sunday. Wardens told Lugdon to not make contact with the young moose because its mother was probably close by eating. Lugdon says the next morning she let Leo out for a bathroom break. She says the dog and the abandoned moose quickly became friends. She says the moose followed her and Leo around all day “begging for attention” and she named it Maggie. Wardens and a biologist picked the 27-pound (12-kilogram) moose up and took it to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, about 300 miles (480 kilometers) south of where it was found.

Plane taxis to Orlando gate -
after alligator crosses tarmac

Orlando, Fla. (AP) - Most times it’s bad weather or bird strikes that delay flights. This time it was an alligator. Anthony Velardi says his plane had just landed at the Orlando International Airport on Monday when he spotted the large reptile casually lumbering across the tarmac toward a pond. He posted a 10-second video on Facebook. Velardi says the Spirit Airlines flight had to wait about five minutes before it could taxi to the gate. He says an airport truck arrived at the pond to make sure the alligator didn’t return to the taxiway. Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell told The Associated Press that such sightings are infrequent, even though 280 acres (110 hectares) of the airport’s land are covered in water. Fennell says the alligator’s presence didn’t impact any other airport operations.

Attempt to remove goose from baseball stadium ends in chaos

Detroit (AP) - A Canada goose settled into right-center field during a rain delay at the Detroit Tigers game, and an attempt to remove it ended in chaos. The grounds crew at Comerica Park in Detroit set off two firecrackers and another member gave chase. The bird tried to escape, but crashed into an LED board on the third deck and fell two levels into the stands. Video of the goose’s appearance was captured by Fox Sports Detroit. After several moments, a veterinarian who was attending the game wrapped the stunned goose in a blanket and took it to the concourse, where it was released outside the stadium and dashed into nearby bushes. After the rain delay, the Tigers went on to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-1.

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Maine town works to save
statue of famous harbor seal Andre

Rockport, Maine (AP) - A Maine town is raising money to save the statue of a beloved harbor seal that brought the community together. The Bangor Daily News reports Rockport’s 1978 statue of Andre the Seal is undergoing $14,000 in repairs. Two local organizations have raised most of the money, but $2,000 is still needed. Residents recall fond memories of the orphaned seal pup, which was rescued in 1961 by local tree surgeon Harry Goodridge. Goodridge cared for the seal until it was old enough to be released into the ocean. Andre went on to spend his winters in southern New England and his summers in Rockport for the next 25 years. The friendly seal was the subject of the 1994 film “Andre” and the book “A Seal Called Andre.”

Newborn baby in Brazil
survives after being buried alive

Sao Paulo (AP) - Brazilian police say a newborn girl miraculously survived after being buried alive for seven hours in the central state of Mato Grosso. The Mato Grosso state police department said in an email Saturday that a 15-year-old gave birth earlier in the week, but believed the baby had died and buried her in the backyard of the indigenous family’s house. The police received an anonymous tip related to the burial and dug up the baby, who was hospitalized and said to be in stable condition. The baby’s grandmother and great-grandmother have been taken into custody pending an investigation. Police questioned the 15-year-old mother and released her after a few hours.

June 16, 2018 - June 22, 2018

(Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

Girls discover World War I practice bomb in Michigan lake

Argentine Township, Mich. (AP) - Two girls have found what authorities say is a World War I-era practice bomb while swimming in a lake in Michigan. The Flint Journal reports that 10-year-old Paige Burnett and 9-year-old Sage Menzies were searching for items below the surface of Lobdell Lake Tuesday when Paige felt something unusual. The girls and Sage's mother dragged the 3-foot-long mystery find from the murky water. Paige says they were excited at first, but then got worried. She says she was "so scared" it might explode. The lake is in Genesee County's Argentine Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. Township police Sgt. Douglas Fulton says the Michigan State Police's bomb squad came out and drilled a hole in it, but "nothing but mud came out."


Hazardous golf: Utah couple flees lumbering moose

Park City, Utah (AP) - A Utah couple ran into a different sort of hazard during a round of golf on Memorial Day near Salt Lake City. A young moose bigger than their golf cart chased them off the links at the Park City Golf Club. Emily Clearwater of Phoenix says she watched the scene unfold from a relative's home nearby and took a video when she realized it was following them. She said the young-looking moose went after the cart twice but eventually lost interest. Golfer Mark Redican told the Deseret News he was getting ready to hit a shot when his wife started yelling. They jumped in the cart and made an escape as the animal headed off to a nearby pond. He says the animal wasn't super aggressive, but it was "gigantic" so they didn't hang around.


Idaho teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle is charged

Preston, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Preston Junior High School science teacher Robert Crosland was charged Friday. He faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted. The school is in rural Preston, where the 2004 teen cult classic film "Napoleon Dynamite" was set. The Idaho attorney general's office handled the investigation after Franklin County Prosecutor Vic Pearson cited a conflict of interest. Several parents came forward to say Crosland fed the puppy to the turtle on March 7. Several weeks later, state officials seized the turtle and euthanized it as a non-native species. Attempts to reach Crosland at the school Friday were not successful.


Hotel valet has lucky escape, but Porsche gets crunched

Sydney (AP) - A hotel valet had a lucky escape - but the luxury sports car he was trying to park did not. Australian media say the valet drove the soft-top Porsche Carrera under another vehicle Thursday outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney. Emergency workers cut the driver out from the Porsche as a crowd watched. Matthew Talbot, the hotel's director of sales and marketing, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. the valet was "embarrassed and a little bit shocked" but was OK. The larger vehicle was propped up and its wheels were anchored while the vehicles were separated. The black Porsche, its hood and front bumper crunched and dented, was then backed onto a tow truck. Witness Jonathan Bayle said he thought a television show or movie was being shot. The hotel said in a statement it was investigating.

(Australian Broadcasting Corp. via AP)

June 9, 2018 - June 15, 2018

Homeowner trying to kill weeds ends up burning down garage

Springfield, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say a homeowner trying to kill troublesome weeds with a torch has burned down his garage. The Springfield News-Sun reports Springfield Township firefighters in central Ohio were called to a home around 4 a.m. Thursday for a detached garage engulfed in flames. No one was injured. Fire officials learned the man had been trying to eliminate weeds around the garage. They’re calling the blaze an accident. The destroyed garage held tools and appliances. Fire officials estimate the loss at between $10,000 and $15,000.

Woman finds goat head on car hood

Boston (AP) – A woman woke up to find a gruesome sight on her car in the Boston neighborhood of Hyde Park. The woman found a bloody goat head on her car hood early Tuesday morning with a photo of herself tucked under the windshield wiper blades. The woman was walking her dog up Garfield Avenue around 6 a.m. and noticed the head of the animal. Police say she drove her car about half a mile to the Hyde Park branch of the Boston Police Department with the grisly scene still intact. Animal control removed the head, and officers are searching for more evidence. They are asking the public for surveillance video in the neighborhood. No suspects have been arrested.

Truck dumps 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on highway

Federal Way, Wash. (AP) – A tractor-trailer made a fowl mess when it rolled over in Washington state. It dumped about 40,000 pounds (18,145 kilograms) of chicken feathers across Interstate 5. Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson says the driver told investigators he fell asleep at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday north of Tacoma and lost control of the truck, which hit a guardrail and overturned. The truck was hauling the feathers from a poultry facility to a rendering company in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canadian company recycles animal byproducts into ingredients for items including pet feed and soap. The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma reports traffic backed up for 11 miles (18 kilometers) as crews scooped up the feathers. Johnson said the driver would be cited for negligent driving.

Theron Zahn/ via AP

Missing 14-foot-long pet python sought in Indianapolis-area

Indianapolis (AP) – Indianapolis-area police are warning people to be on the lookout for a 14-foot-long (4-meter-long) pet Burmese python that’s on the loose. The Beech Grove Police Department says the constrictor is missing from a home in the community on the southeast side of Indianapolis. Benny Tarplee says he thinks the python, named “Vine,” escaped through his back door late last week and he suspects she’s just hiding somewhere. Tarplee says he spent three days searching his house before reporting her escape to police. He describes the snake as a “big baby” who presents no threat to humans. Nevertheless, the Indianapolis Zoo says the constrictor could pose a threat to cats, dogs and small children. Police say anyone who spots Vine should leave her alone and call 911.

Laurel, Yanny or … covfefe? White House joins in on debate

Washington (AP) – The White House is joining in on the viral debate over whether people hear the names “Laurel” or “Yanny” in a much-shared audio clip. The White House on Thursday released a video featuring various members of the staff weighing in. Senior adviser Ivanka Trump says, “So clearly Laurel.” Strategic-communications director Mercedes Schlapp says, “Yanny’s the winner, Laurel’s the loser.” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway pokes fun at her endless willingness to spin and bend the truth for the president, saying, “It’s Laurel. But I could deflect and divert to Yanny if you need me to.” Vice President Mike Pence wants to know: “Who’s Yanny?” The video ends with President Donald Trump deadpanning, “I hear covfefe” – a reference to a botched tweet he wrote last year that was never explained.

June 2, 2018 - June 8, 2018

Estonian municipality put cannabis leaf on flag

Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) - The southern Estonian municipality of Kanepi has a cannabis leaf on its new flag - because that’s what its name means in Estonian. Andrus Seeme, mayor for Kanepi’s 2,500 souls, says a referendum was held in late 2017 and 80 percent picked the winning design - a silver cannabis leaf on a green shield - out of seven designs. Seeme said Wednesday the city council adopted it a day earlier. Kanepi chose a new flag after three municipalities merged into one following last year’s administrative reform. Seeme said the leaf has been used as a heraldic symbol by local groups for decades and the new flag has met little opposition in Estonia, where cannabis is illegal.

6 young squirrels rescued from ordeal of tangled tails

(Craig Luttman via AP)

Omaha, Neb. (AP) - Six young squirrels whose tails were stuck together by tree sap are recovering after a Nebraska wildlife expert untangled them. A Nebraska Humane Society worker rescued the squirrels from a pine tree in Omaha last week. Nebraska Wildlife Rehab executive director Laura Stastny told the Omaha World-Herald that the sap-covered tails became knotted as the youngsters wrestled in their nest. Stastny says they are about 8 weeks old. Resident Craig Luttman spotted the rodents’ predicament, describing it Thursday as “kind of like a tug of war, going in completely opposite directions.” Stastny gave the squirrels a mild painkiller before removing the sticky fur and untangling them. She says some of them suffered injuries to their tails, but she expects all six to be released in a few weeks.

Foam rubber gold bars fool man who
burglarized Michigan shop

Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP) - Fake promotional gold bars apparently appeared so much like the real thing that someone broke into a western Michigan flooring shop to take them. WXMI-TV reports Old to Gold Hardwood Floors owner Rowdy Lapham arrived at work Monday to find his store in Grand Rapids burglarized. Foam rubber gold bars featuring the company’s logo were strewn about. A rock was used to break through a window around 2 a.m. Sunday. The burglar was seen on surveillance video roaming through the shop. Employee Nick Butler tells WZZM-TV that the thief may have walked past a window and saw the stack of bars and “thought, wow, someone forgot to put these gold bars away.” The squeezable bars are for stress relief. Butler says the company’s motto is stress-free flooring.

Ammo box falls from military chopper,
crashes into school

El Paso, Texas (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine how a box of ammunition fell from a military helicopter and crashed through the roof of an elementary school in Texas. The Ysleta Independent School District says no one was injured when the ammo box hit Parkland Elementary School in El Paso on Thursday afternoon. The ammo box left a hole in the roof and caused a power outage in part of the building. Officials at nearby Fort Bliss say they’ll reassess flight patterns as part of their investigation. In a statement, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade commander Col. Jay Hopkins said he was sorry for the damage and grateful no one was hurt.

Message in a bottle washes ashore in Canada 18 years later

Gloucester, Mass. (AP) - A message in a bottle that a woman tossed off the coast of Massachusetts has been found nearly two decades later in Nova Scotia. Eighty-year-old Rita Ganim tells the Gloucester Times she dropped the bottle into Ipswich Bay in August 2000 with a short message asking the person who found it to contact her. The bottle was all but forgotten until Ganim received a call from the Buffalo News saying someone found it. Dallas Goreham had been looking for sea glass in the Canadian province last Wednesday when he came across the bottle. The 11-year-old’s mother tracked Ganim down through the newspaper and sent a photo of her son holding the message. While there are no plans set, Ganim says she would love to meet the finders of her bottle.



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